EPT10 Barcelona: From Chile to Barcelona, Pablo Tavitian leads Main Event
Day 2 is always good for adding a dash of reality to a poker tournament. EPT10 Barcelona has proven no different. Aside from the trial of surviving six more levels that slashed the field from 697 to 235, there's the pressure of knowing just what's at stake.
The talk this week was of setting records. In the end the Main Event fell just short of equalling the biggest field in EPT history (excluding the PCA), but created an enormous prize pool regardless. €5,984,900 will be dished out to the top 183 players, with the winner earning €1,067,000. Closest to that goal tonight is chip leader Pablo Tavitian.
Chip leader Pablo Tavitian
The Argentinian won an LAPT event this year in Vina del Mar, Chile, and has crossed the ocean for a shot at a second title. His performance today was unspectacular but solid and his stack of 465,000 will be the high water mark for players returning tomorrow.
Not far behind is Niall Farrell from Scotland, who is turning 2013 into his own.
After an impressive week at EPT London earlier this year, where he finished second in a side event and tenth in the Main Event, he took to Las Vegas over the summer, earning five World Series of Poker cashes, including a runner-up spot in a $3K hold'em event. Now he's turning his attention to a deep run in Barcelona, bagging up 444,000.
WPT Cyprus runner-up Albert Daher is on 420,500, local Alejandro Pere Torres on 417,500, and Russian Denis Pisarev has 403,700. They make up the only other players with more than 400,000 chips.
There were also good days for others. The chip counts drop sharply outside the top ten, but Victor Ramdin, Andrew Moreno, Shannon Shorr, Erik Freiberg, Marvin Rettenmaier, Mikalai Pobol and Angel Guillen will all return.
Put bluntly, the list of those who departed today is best considered with the question "who's left?" which you can establish by checking out the tournament coverage page. From the go, the eliminations struck home, with Fatima Moreira de Melo, Dan Smith, Mickey Petersen, Eugene Katchalov and Jason Mercier leaving in the early stages.
They were followed by the likes of Marcel Luske, Toby Lewis, Vanessa Selbst, Jonathan Duhamel and Jan Heitmann. In turn, Luca Pagano, Fabian Quoss, Benny Spindler, Jake Cody and Theo Jorgensen followed, as did Liv Boeree, Sofia Lovgren and Ville Wahlbeck.
Looking back on the day it began with the view from Harley Stoffmaker's viewpoint before footballer Gerard Pique's passing skills came into effect. Meanwhile Season 1 winner Alex Stevic was still going strong, as was the EPT's resident politician Mario Adinolfi.
For those no longer permitted to take part there is always the outdoors, or even the high seas, courtesy of PokerStars. That said, from the rail the prize pool for the Main Event will only bring up bad memories for the defeated. It is best avoided.
The type of stuff you'll see in Barcelona
For good memories though there's always a look back over the past ten season, as well as news from the family de Meulder. They are from just one of many nations that sent players to the season opener.
Everything else will have to wait until tomorrow, when play restarts at 12noon local time. See you then.
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Stephen Bartley is a PokerStars Blog reporter.